Health Canada announced this morning that it has reviewed safety information for Agriflu and Fluad and determined the two seasonal flu vaccines are safe to use.
The vaccines had been temporarily suspended for use by Health Canada as a precaution after one lot of Agriflu and Fluad produced in Italy showed clumping of particles. This lot was never released to the market.
The Perth District Health Unit had only distributed a minimal amount of the two vaccines locally and had advised healthcare practitioners to put the vaccine on hold while Health Canada’s review took place.
The health unit will begin to distribute the vaccines again along with the two other kinds of influenza vaccine available, Vaxigrip and Fluviral. Clumping of the kind noted in Europe is common in vaccines.
Health Canada has previously seen such particles before in other vaccines and has observed no impact on their safety or effectiveness.
Health Canada looked at the results of its own testing, conducted a health risk assessment, and reviewed information from its European partners and data submitted by the vaccine manufacturer in making its decision.
None of the information reviewed indicated a safety issue.
The Perth District Health Unit community flu shot clinics are ongoing.
The next community clinic is tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 1, from 2-8 p.m. at the Stratford Rotary Complex.
For a full schedule of clinics across Perth County, visit www.pdhu.on.ca.